Bossk Unpainted Hardcopy
The subject of a 1980 mail-away offer, Bossk was the first Empire Strikes Back action figure released after Boba Fett. The character has approximately two seconds of screen time in the movie and looks like a Sleestak, but Star Wars collectors love him anyway. This is because he's a bounty hunter, and Star Wars collectors are nerdy enough to think bounty hunters are cool.

Above you see a hardcopy of the figure beside its production counterpart. Note the discrepancy in size between the two figures. The injection-molding process used to make plastic figures introduces shrinkage into the process, causing the final product to be slightly smaller than the original sculptings and hardcopies used to generate it.

This particular hardcopy contains parts made of two distinct urethane materials. The brown material is known as Carbalon while the black material is called Repro-10. Only a few black hardcopy parts have surfaced, all of them related to early figures, such as the Chewbacca arms you see here. I think the white splotches you see on the arms are mold release residue.

You may also be able to discern some flaws in the urethane parts of this item. This hardcopy is composed of unfinished, possibly reject, parts, so it's not as smoothly refined as some other hardcopies you'll come across. But when it comes to early hardcopies like this, who's going to complain about a few flaws?

Here's a close-up. No reason. I just like his scaly iguana feet.

Description by: Ron Salvatore
Photo: Ron Salvatore
From the collection of: Ron Salvatore
Country:United States
Film:Empire Strikes Back
Category:Prototypes / Action Figure Related


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